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COVID Update Monday 17th May 2021

From Monday 17th May 2021 the NOA is pleased to re-open its reserve hides to single households at a time. We will still be advising the wearing of a face covering when in NOA hides. Your continued understanding and support is very much appreciated.




Trial of Booking System for NWT Holme Dunes From Saturday 24th April



Owing to recent visitor numbers, NWT Holme Dunes Reserve is trialling a booking system for its Car Park. Until 6th September 2021 those members and visitors wishing to park in the NWT Car Park will need to book online for Weekends, Bank Holidays, or in School Holidays to ensure they can get a place. Booking is not necessary outside these times, and is not required for access to any other part of the reserve. Parking remains free for NWT members and blue badge holders.
This may affect many of our members, and we would like to clarify that NOA members do not need to book to use the NOA car park at any time between dawn and dusk. For NOA members who also belong to NWT and wish to visit both reserves, please park in the NOA car park if you do not wish to book in advance for the Holme Dunes Reserve Car Park.

Friday 18th August 2017

Highlights today were at least one Great White Egret, and 3 Swifts passing through, while 2 Stonechats were around the east bank.

In the moth traps a Scarce Bordered Straw was the star:

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red-ringed) Hickling Broad NWT still 2.05pm at Rush Hill Scrape. Use Potter Heigham village hall car park +walk east to church, north along Church Ln to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 10.20am PE31 8BB
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red-ringed) Hickling Broad NWT again 12.35pm at Rush Hill Scrape. Use Potter Heigham village hall car park +walk east to church, north along Church Ln to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk Osprey flew south over Newton Flotman at 12.30pm
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red-ringed) Hickling Broad NWT till 10.55am at Rush Hill Scrape then flew towards Swim Coots. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk E to church,N on Church Ln to bend then E on track, N thru wood +E NR29 5LW
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water at east end on west side of Lumps
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red-ringed) Hickling Broad NWT again at Rush Hill Scrape at 9.50am. Use Potter Heigham village hall car park +walk east to church, north along Church Ln to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills y'day Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh +Little Gull PE31 8BB
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse still north of duckpond at 7.30am
Norfolk no sign of ad.Caspian Tern Breydon Water at east end by 5.50am (but Spotted Redshank 1,300.Avocets